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Hallen Gone, Browns Make Trade for Center

The center saga continues. Today, the Browns announced that Bob Hallen, who was supposed to replace LeCharles Bentley, is out indefinitely. We placed him on the exempt/left squad list for both personal reasons and for injury concerns. He injured his back the other day in training camp, and you have to wonder if Hallen is contemplating retirement or something along those lines.
"Bob is dealing with medical and personal issues that he is going to have to work out and get taken care of," Crennel said. "Such to the point where I will investigate the avenues available to me."
- Browns head coach, Romeo Crennel
Ross Tucker
Position: OL
Height: 6-4
Weight: 310
Born: 03/02/1979
College: Princeton
NFL Experience: 5

And, that's exactly what the Browns did. Phil Savage was able to part with one of his precious draft picks(it is a conditional pick at the moment) to the New England Patriots for center Ross Tucker. Crennel probably had some connections with the staff at the Patriots still, and was able to get a feel for the type of player that Tucker is. He has some starting experience in his career, having been in the league for five years already. He saw his most action in 2004 with the Buffalo Bills, when he started 12 games for them. Although he has the experience in the league, he will obviously have to learn the Browns' system now. At the moment, it seems as if Alonzo Ephraim will get the start this Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hallen could actually be fined by the Browns for choosing to leave the team, but Crennel stated that he would be welcome back. Just a little note too: yes, I've already made the coincidence that there are two "Tuckers" on our offensive line now.

There really wasn't a whole lot of training camp news to report on today. Tomorrow, stay tuned to Dawgs By Nature, as I will break down our matchup against the Eagles including key matchups, and how our units will compare to theirs.